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Private school cites ‘Brexit effect’ as it closes due to falling numbers

Rainbow Montessori Junior School to close next month

24 June, 2019 — By Tom Foot

A PRIVATE school is closing after falling pupil numbers made it “impossible to continue”.

The Rainbow Montessori Junior School in Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead, is to shut in July after 27 years.

Parents at the independent school, which at its peak had 60 children, were told about the closure last week.

A letter from director of Rainbow Montessori School and Nurseries John Madden, sent to parents on Friday, said: “The child numbers for September onwards have fallen further to the point where the school would be unable to meet its obligations.”

It added: “The effect of Brexit appears to have reduced the number of foreign parents coming to London on contract who are looking for a Montessori Junior School. Equally, a number of existing foreign parents have given notice as they are returning to their home countries.”

The letter added: “This decision has not been made lightly and has been essentially forced on me due to the ongoing difficult economic position of the school.”

Town Hall chiefs have warned that a “low birthrate” in the borough could lead to more schools closing in Camden.

St Aloysius, a church run state-funded primary school in Somers Town, has already announced plans to close.

Rainbow Montessori will not re-open in September but the two nurseries attached to it, in West Hampstead and Queen’s Park, are not affected.

Past parents and pupils have been invited to the school for a farewell party on July 20.

 

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